Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009

Whitestone Times

Flushing teen damages TV, laptop with dresser: DA

FLUSHING — A Flushing teenager was arrested after he allegedly pushed over a dresser, causing damage to a woman’s television and laptop, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Whitestone Times

Woman’s assault charges dropped, record sealed

OAKLAND GARDENS — Assault charges filed against a northern Queens woman last month were dropped and the record was sealed, the woman said this week. Comment
Whitestone Times

City to use Port Authority funds for Willets Point upgrades

The city announced last Thursday it has secured $100 million in funding through the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to aid in the construction of 14 major projects in Queens, including the first steps toward the redevelopment of Willets Point. Comment
Whitestone Times

Fresh Meadows woman donates ambulance to Jewish volunteers

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and city Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) honored Fresh Meadows resident Rose Ullman at the Israel Center of Conservative Judaism Sunday for her donation of an ambulance to the Hatzolah volunteer ambulance service. Comment
Whitestone Times

Federal gov’t grants $20M to LIJ to study schizophrenia

Scientists at a North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System institute were awarded a $20 million grant from the federal government to study the effectiveness of new schizophrenia treatments on patients recently diagnosed with the mental illness, the health system said. Comment
Whitestone Times

Boro leaders miffed over run

A scheduling snafu has pitted the New York Roadrunners club against some community leaders in northern Queens after the group was forced to schedule its College Point half-marathon on one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. Comment

Cardozo’s Walters chooses Norfolk

Barely a month into his career at Cardozo High School, Reynaldo “Junior” Walters found himself on the campus at Norfolk State. During a non-league tournament at Old Dominion, the Judges visited the nearby Virginia school. Comment

‘Skip to My Lou’ is just ‘Coach’ to Panthers players

HENDERSON, Nev. — Some players from the Nebraska Bison Red-Wahoo AAU boys’ basketball team filed out of the players’ exit Friday night at Foothills High School in the shadows of the Las Vegas strip. The glitz and nightlife were a few miles away, but right there, in front of their eyes, was a celebrity. Comment

Husband denies Taconic crash driver was alcoholic

The widower of the Long Island woman who fatally crashed her minivan while driving the wrong way on an upstate highway denied allegations that his wife was an alcoholic and knowingly drove their children home while under the influence of vodka and marijuana Thursday. Comment

Oakland Gardens home attracts vermin

Neighbors living near a vacant Oakland Gardens home said they believe the site has been attracting unwanted critters into their community, including a skunk that has sprayed several neighborhood pets. Comment
Whitestone Times

Council OKs rezone, land deal for Willets move to Corporate Park

The City Council voted to approve both a new special zoning district for the College Point Corporate Park and the first step toward moving five Willets Point businesses to the area last week, drawing cheers and jeers from community and business leaders. Comment

District 24 charter’s fate unsure

The future of a proposed charter school in District 24 was left shrouded in mystery last week after the founders of the would-be institution failed to show up for a meeting with Community Education Council 24 members. Comment

Stop-work order put on building of large Little Neck Pkwy. house

A Little Neck Parkway home under renovation that has drawn the anger of nearby residents was served with a stop-work order Friday, city Department of Buildings records showed. Comment
Whitestone Times

Douglas Manor Beach ranked worst for pollution in city

A national study of the nation’s beaches found that two Queens beaches — Douglas Manor and Rockaway’s Breezy Point — were among the city’s three most-polluted swimming sites. Comment

Hopefuls for Liu seat stay focused at debate

At a City Council District 20 candidates forum at Flushing Library last Thursday, CUNY Professor Joyce Moy set the ground rules early. Comment

Laurelton student turns homeless encounter into short story

Being approached by a mysterious homeless man in the subway may be a scary situation for some straphangers, but for Laurelton college student Myla Seabrook, one such encounter had a profound impact on her life. Comment

Ozone Park fitness guru brings message to masses

Ozone Park personal trainer Anthony Catanzaro has parlayed his success as a fitness model and champion bodybuilder into a new gig: pitchman for his own brand of exercise equipment. Comment

Maloney abandons plans to challenge Gillibrand

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) announced Friday that she will not launch a campaign against U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), eliminating a major obstacle to the upstate Democratic senator’s spot on the 2010 ballot. Comment

Paterson calls special election for Seminerio seat

Gov. David Paterson called a special election Friday to fill disgraced former Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio’s (D-Richmond Hill) for Sept. 15, the same day the city will be holding primary elections. Comment

Parkway files suit to reopen, citing failure to bribe Seminerio

New Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills and its former chief executive officer, Robert Aquino, have filed a lawsuit against New York state that alleges the medical center was forced to close down after it did not pay bribes to former state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, a Democrat from Richmond Hill. Comment

City remembers Springfield Gardens soldier with new street

The family of an 18-year-old Springfield Gardens soldier who was killed two years ago in Iraq said they were honored their son’s courage and sacrifice was commemorated by the city when a section of 145th Avenue was renamed in his memory last weekend. Comment
Jackson Heights

Livery cab crash hurts 13 people at Jackson Heights fair

An Ecuadorian festival in Jackson Heights was disrupted Sunday when a livery cab plowed into several booths and a crowd of people along Junction Boulevard, sending 13 festival-goers to the hospital with minor injuries. Comment
Jackson Heights

Monserrate to face trial in September

A Queens Supreme Court judge denied motions by state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) to throw out his indictment and suppress evidence in his pending case on assault charges last Thursday, setting a Sept. 14 start date for his trial. Comment
Jackson Heights

Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale rezone approved

After years of fighting and negotiating with the city, a major rezoning of Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village went into effect Tuesday, curtailing development in many areas of the neighborhoods. Comment
Jamaica Times

Pollution plagues Breezy Pt.

A national study of the nation’s beaches found that two Queens beaches — Douglas Manor and Rockaway’s Breezy Point — were among the city’s three most-polluted swimming sites. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Central Queens, Samuel Field Ys unite to survive

Little Neck’s Samuel Field Y has merged with Forest Hills’ Central Queens YM & YWHA so that each site can provide services currently unavailable at their own facilities and secure additional funding, Samuel Field’s chief operating officer said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows day care faces eviction

A case that will determine whether a day care center on Klein Farm in Fresh Meadows will be able to remain on the property despite eviction orders from controversial landlord Tommy Huang was adjourned to Sept. 10, according to the day care owner’s attorney. Comment
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Keep neighborhoods clean by not posting ads and recycling

One of the things that detracts from a neighborhood’s beauty is a sign or notice posted on a lamppost, bus shelter, tree or any other city structure. Not only do the items often look bad, but after a few weeks they often hang loose. Community Board 8 sent me the regulations of the city Sanitation Department, which lists the fine as $75 to $200 for the first offense and $250 to $300 for the second and subsequent offenses. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Free concerts cancelled at Forest Park

A lack of funding forced the Queens Symphony Orchestra to cancel two of the summer concerts the organization normally holds free for the public in Forest Park, the group’s director said. Comment
Astoria Times

Brawl in Woodhaven bar leads to man’s arrest

WOODHAVEN — A 27-year-old Richmond Hill man was arrested after he allegedly struck another man with a glass cup and punched him at a Woodhaven bar, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Astoria man physically assaults woman: DA

ASTORIA — A 28-year-old Astoria man was arrested after he allegedly threw a woman against a wall in his home and punched her, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Two people end up on receiving end of blows

WOODSIDE — A 59-year-old Woodside man was arrested after he allegedly punched two people in the face in his 58th Street home, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Indiana man brought pistol into LGA: DA

EAST ELMHURST — A 24-year-old Indiana man was arrested after he allegedly attempted to bring a firearm in his luggage to LaGuardia Airport, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Woodside woman used phone to harass: DA

WOODSIDE — A 47-year-old Woodside woman was arrested after she allegedly placed multiple calls to a man and threatened to hurt him, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Brooklyn man stole mail from Richmond Hill homes: DA

RICHMOND HILL — A 22-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested on multiple charges after he allegedly sifted through the mailboxes of several homes in Richmond Hill late last month, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Hidden fees in credit cards hurt small businesses, consumers

Have you ever wondered why some small stores ask you not to use your credit card for low-dollar purchases? It has to do with a huge, hidden credit card fee that costs Americans $48 billion a year — more than annual fees, late fees and over-the-limit fees combined. Comment

Carrozza has failed to represent the constituents in her district

We have a representative in Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza who does not show up for work and was caught living outside her district. Residents in northeast Queens deserve a representative who they can trust and lives in the neighborhood and shows up for work. Comment

Carrozza shows no concern for community

Your editorial concerning state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) (“Time for Carrozza to Say Goodbye,” Little Neck Ledger, July 23) is correct in that she has failed the integrity and legislative aspects of her position. Comment

Bring back city school boards

It may just be we currently have in place a governance system that satisfies the education stakeholders better than what we have had for the last seven years — and better than the state Assembly bill. Comment

Gov’t sites need security checkpoints

I read in the newspapers and watched on TV the latest technology in security at airports. Machines scan every inch of you and your belongings with remarkable sophistication and detail. Comment

Iannece works for northeast Queens

On Sept. 15, I will vote for Jerry Iannece for City Council in the Democratic primary. Comment

Planned Auburndale rezoning must benefit residents

The plans look promising, but there are still major issues that need to be addressed from my point of view as vice president of the Auburndale Improvement Association, one of the oldest civic organizations in the city. Comment

Should Not Need A Law

Common sense should tell people it is dangerous to use cell phones to send text messages while behind the wheel. Comment

Justice for Monserrate

Nine months after his girlfriend needed 20 stitches to close a gash that came near to taking out her eye, a trial date has been set for state Sen. Hiram Monserrate. He will meet a jury of his peers Sept. 14. They will decide whether Monserrate is guilty of a vicious act of domestic violence. Comment
Astoria Times

Political Action: Haggerty, Golub to square off in primary for district leadership

This year in addition to the citywide and City Council races, the Queens Republican Party is having elections for the party positions of district leader and county committee. These elections will lead to a party convention in late September or early October to elect a county chairman and other county party officials. The Democrats will have their county leadership selection next year. Republican County Chairman Phil Ragusa is expected to be re-elected. Comment
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg: Japanese storytellers recount horrors of the atomic bombs

WARNING: This column contains vivid descriptions of atom bomb victims. Comment
Astoria Times

Our History: Flushing resident founded forerunner of the Boy Scouts

He was the author and illustrator of an article in the March 1881 issue of the magazine “Odd Modes of Fishing.” He wrote the article when he was 31 and had been a Flushing resident for 10 years. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Beard had lived in Kentucky during his boyhood. Comment
Astoria Times

Pizzeria still strong after 60 years

For more than 60 years, Frank’s has been a favorite among residents and workers in Jamaica. Comment
Astoria Times

How’s Business? Burn belly fat by exercising

If I ask people if they would like to burn more belly fat, I think they would say yes. This week, I spoke with some nutrition professionals and physical trainers who work in the Queens region. Comment
Astoria Times

Boro leaders break ground on Queens Plaza

The earth moved for city officials and Queens leaders in Long Island City Monday as they broke ground on the long-awaited Queens Plaza improvements. Comment
Astoria Times

Mayor talks transit in boro

“Everything comes quickly, at a reasonable price,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said during a visit to Glendale Tuesday to tout his call for a “mass transit reform,” but Hizzoner was praising the fare at the Glendale Diner, not the current state of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Comment
Astoria Times

3 Council hopefuls lose spots on ballot

Only three of the dozens of City Council candidates in Queens were tossed off the ballot by the city Board of Elections this week, but anticipated court battles were expected to drag on after the ballot is certified in the coming days. Comment
Astoria Times

Two men die after swimming at Rockaway

A man drowned after swimming in the waters off Rockaway Beach Monday and a search was ongoing Tuesday for a second swimmer presumed drowned off the peninsula during a week where Rockaway currents claimed three lives. Comment
Astoria Times

Subway trains next in line for security cameras: MTA

Thousands of cameras keep an unblinking, 24-hour watch on subway stations and now the New York City Transit Authority says subway cars are next to undergo such surveillance. Comment
Astoria Times

Thompson closing gap on Bloomberg in mayoral race: Poll

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s lead over City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and city Comptroller William Thompson in the bid for the city’s highest office has slimmed, although many city and Queens residents said they still do not know much about either of the mayor’s challengers, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Comment
Astoria Times

MTA plans no fare hikes, service cuts in 2010 budget

The MTA, teetering on the edge of a financial abyss only a few months ago, plans no fare hikes or service cutbacks next year. Comment
Astoria Times

Invalid petitions kick Smalls off city ballot

The shape of the Democratic race for City Councilman Eric Gioia’s (D-Sunnyside) seat shifted Tuesday morning as the city Board of Elections invalidated most of candidate Kwame Smalls’ petition signatures, eliminating him from the race. Comment
Astoria Times

McLaughlin ally admits to bribery

The former head of a Long Island City-based electric company that hired union workers represented by disgraced former state Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin pleaded guilty Friday to making tens of thousands of dollars in illegal payments to the corrupt ex-legislator, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan said. Comment

Fake bomb at LaGuardia incites fear

A 32-year-old Manhattan man who caused thousands of travellers to be delayed for several hours last weekend after he brought a fake bomb to LaGuardia Airport will undergo psychiatric evaluation before he returns to court Thursday to determine whether he is fit to stand trial, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Vantage CEO defends services

When Neil Rubler and his real estate company, Vantage Properties, launched a 24-hour call center for residents to request repairs or log complaints two years ago, the system was inundated with so many calls that it crashed. Tenants complained of exorbitant waiting periods before their calls were answered. Comment
Astoria Times

Peralta, Ferreras back de Blasio over boro’s Gioia

State Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) took a pass in endorsing the only Queens contender for public advocate, Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside), when they decided to back Councilman Bill de Blasio (D-Brooklyn) for the post over the weekend. Comment
Astoria Times

Postal Service now says only two Queens post offices will close

The U.S. Postal Service is reviewing possibly closing two post offices in Queens, far fewer than the 11 venues proposed in a preliminary document that had local residents and officials up in arms earlier this week. Comment
Astoria Times

LGA, JFK ranked among worst in flight delays: Study

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has issued a report that he says shows that while airline flight delays have improved across the United States, delays keep worseningat John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports. Comment
Astoria Times

Smith ponies up $6K for Saratoga box suite

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans), then Democratic majority leader, spent more than $6,500 on a box at Saratoga Race Course to “entertain supporters” just four days after the June 8 coup that temporarily gave Republicans the control of the state Senate, campaign finance records show. Comment

Toxicology shows DUI involved in Taconic death drive

The mother who killed herself, her 2-year-old daughter, her three young Floral Park nieces and three men after she drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway late last month had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol and high levels of marijuana in her system at the time of the accident, New York State Police officials said Tuesday. Comment
Astoria Times

City salutes Cadillac Man

The City Council honored Astoria street laureate Cadillac Man last week with a proclamation following the release of the formerly homeless author’s book “Land of Lost Souls: My Life on the Streets” earlier this year. Comment
Astoria Times

Queens Library at Broadway reopens after $2.6M revamp

The Queens Library’s Broadway branch in Astoria reopened in late July following a $2.6 million renovation, which included new facilities for teenagers, an elevator and technology that will allow visitors to check themselves out, a spokeswoman for the library said. Comment
Astoria Times

New Yorkers want mayoral control: Poll

More than half of Queens residents support renewing mayoral control of the public school system and approve of the way Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been handling education, a Quinnipiac poll found. Comment
Astoria Times

Jamaica man, son die in crash

The family of Roopnarine Gopaul said the Guyanese immigrant loved two things more than anything else in his life: his family and riding the open sea. Comment
Astoria Times

Community Newspaper Group to launch boro politics Web site

Local political junkies finally have a place to call their own on the Web. Comment
Astoria Times

Woodside school to hold French bilingual program

Queens’ first French dual-language program is opening this fall at PS 151 in Woodside, elating the school’s principal, parents and members of the city’s Francophone community who have long wished more schools would offer classes in the language spoken by more than 300,000 families citywide, including many in Woodside and Astoria. Comment

5 Pointz will remain in L.I. City

As more than 100 artists vacate their illegal studios in the Long Island City building where a staircase collapse seriously injured a woman, one bright spot for urban art aficionados remains: 5 Pointz, the graffiti art collective that has painted the structure’s exterior walls, is staying put. Comment
Astoria Times

Dragon Boats commemorate ancient Chinese legend

Almost anywhere in the world where there are Chinese immigrants and their descendants and admirers, there’s a Chinese dragon boat festival. Comment
Astoria Times

Dragon Boat Festival activity schedule

SATURDAY, AUG. 8 Comment
Astoria Times

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2009

The dragons have been awakened and more than 145 teams are readying themselves to take to Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the 19th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Comment
Astoria Times

Allerton Ave. street festival in the works

Free face painting, magic shows, cotton candy, popcorn, and balloon giveaways will come to Allerton during the street’s second annual festival on Sunday, August 16. Comment
Astoria Times

Kiss Kiss flirts with darkness on new CD

New York-based indie rock band Kiss Kiss recently finished up a tour in support of their newly released sophomore album, “The Meek Shall Inherit What’s Left,” which dropped July 7 from Eyeball Records. Comment


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